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Didcot Railway Centre Transport Rally

Sunday June 2nd

Didcot Railway Centre Transport Rally - Sunday June 2nd

In conjunction with Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust, we are holding our third Transport Rally. The event will be integral with Didcot Railway Centre where our usual railway-related operations and exhibits will be available, plus some additional activities. The admission price for the Rally includes access to Didcot Railway Centre where steam and diesel trains will be offering unlimited rides.

The Transport Rally will be held in Ladygrove Park, Didcot. Access for visitors to the rally will be by free Vintage bus (courtesy of Thames Valley & Great Western Omnibus Trust)  from outside Didcot Parkway station or by foot (5 minutes walk from Didcot Parkway station) via Cow Lane bridge underpass. Please purchase your Transport Rally and Railway Centre admission ticket in advance, or from the Didcot Railway Centre kiosk at the front of Didcot Parkway Station.

There will be no visitor parking at the Rally site so please park in the normal car parks for the railway centre.

Attractions arranged so far include:

  • A wide variety of vintage cars and some unusual commercial vehicles which this year includes a USA built Freightliner FLD 120 Tractor unit
  • Stalls including tools, models, and food outlets
  • A miniature railway offering free rides with a variety of locomotives
  • Vintage buses running to Wallingford, Abingdon, Wantage and local villages in and around Didcot
  • Hopefully two steam traction engines will be arriving during the event

All the above are subject to confirmation, and updates will be provided as exhibits are confirmed. We hope to have a 1940s feel to this year’s Rally both at the Rally site and at the Railway Centre. There will be catering and toilets available at the Rally site.

Exhibitors

If you're interested in exhibiting your Classic or Vintage Motor vehicle, Stationary Engine or Miniature/Full sized Steam engine at the Didcot Transport Rally 2019 please complete and return the application form (54kb .pdf document).

For legal reasons for all buses and coaches that want to enter the event you must send TV&GWOT a more specific entry form - please see our event entry form.


This is a Steam Day, so you will be able to view our collections of locomotives, coaches, wagons and buildings as described in the Centre Guide and in our Guidebook (available for purchase from our shop or at the entrance) and enjoy the various facilities and exhibits.

Discover Brunel's Broad Gauge and the 1930s Engine Shed. Visit the GWT Museum and our restoration workshops. Watch the modern pasenger and freight trains from our Picnic Area.

You can walk around the only surviving steam age loco depot in its original condition, and get up close to our large collection of locomotives which are so much more impressive when seen from ground level. Why not explore the rest of the centre including the Archie Trail, the Science Learning & Railways interactive exhibition and visit our shop and refreshment room?

In addition, you will be able to:

  • Ride in coaches from the 1930s behind some of our Great Western steam locomotives, or in our Steam Railmotor or Diesel Railcar. We have two running lines, 'The Main Line' and 'The Branch Line' with trains normally running on either or both of them. You may ride as many times as you like as there is no extra charge
  • Watch the trains go past. There are frequent journeys on our running lines so you will have plenty of opportunity to take photos from vantage points alongside the tracks as well as ride on the trains

Check our Locomotive Roster to see what we expect to be running on your next visit.

You can buy tickets online at any time prior to the day of your visit - or buy them at the entrance on arrival.

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Sunday 2nd June 2019
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